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What are Peak Reduction Certificates?

Peak Reduction Certificates (PRCs) are tradable certificates under the NSW Government’s Peak Demand Reduction Scheme (PDRS)

1 PRC represents 0.1 kilowatts of peak demand reduction capacity averaged over one hour during the peak summer period. 

This aims to encourage peak energy use reduction within peak demand times, to reduce pressure on the electricity grid and in turn reduce energy prices.

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How to Generate PRCs.

The current peak period is defined as the hours of 2:30pm to 8:30pm AEDT from September 30th to March 31st each year. For each 0.1kW of peak demand deemed to be saved within this period through an eligible upgrade, 1 PRC may be created.

To generate PRCs, an Accredited Certificate Provider (ACP), such as Ecovantage, calculates the theoretical peak demand reduction from an upgrade, implementation or modification in alignment with scheme requirements to create and register the certificates.

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What Organisations do with PRCs.

Once created and registered, PRCs are sold or traded to liable entities, such as energy retailers. This provides an additional revenue source from the project which is often reflected as an upfront discount on the project cost.

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PRCs for Batteries.

From 1 November 2024, PRCs can be created where a battery is installed at a home or small business in three circumstances:

  1. For a new battery installation
  2. For a new battery installation being connected to a VPP
  3. For an existing battery being connected to a VPP

Read more> The New NSW Battery Rebate Explained

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Certificate Services Department.

At Ecovantage, we consistently analyse market activity, creation metrics, policy changes, and consultation releases in conjunction with wider landscape activity.

This allows us to keep our clients at the forefront of all relevant changes, and to leverage the advantage that this presents. Please reach out if you have any project-specific questions.

The PRC Market.

As Australia’s largest Accredited Certificate Provider (ACP), Ecovantage maintains strong market analytics to keep our partners and clients on top of the certificate markets. 

Below is the current PRC weekly and 30 day spot price tracking, and our latest PRC market update.

PRC Market Update Spot Price Graphs PRC

Pricing and summary is accurate as of time of publishing. Ecovantage is not liable for any errors or changes in the figures provided.

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Certificates Features.

Australian Certificate Attributes and Recognition


Certificate Classification Representative Of Attribute Recognised by External Programs? Purpose
ACCU Carbon Credit 1 Tonne of CO2-e Carbon Recognise and Measure Carbon Abatement
LGC Renewable Energy Certificate 1 MWh of Renewable Generation Renewable Energy Recognise and Measure Renewable Generation
STC White Certificate 1 Calculated MWh of Renewable Generation None Create a Financial Incentive for Small-Scale Renewable Generation
VEEC White Certificate 1 Calculated Tonne of CO2-e None Create a Financial Incentive for Energy Efficiency Upgrades
ESC White Certificate 1 Nominal MWh None Create a Financial Incentive for Energy Efficiency Upgrades
PRC White Certificate 0.1kW of Peak Demand Reduced None Create a Financial Incentive for Peak Demand Reduction
REPS White Certificate 1 Calculated GJ None Create a Financial Incentive for Energy Efficiency Upgrades

White certificates = STCs, ESCs, VEECs & REPs

Program ACCUs LGCs White Certificates
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SBTi (Net Zero)

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Greenhouse Gas Protocol


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